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A Woman Spurned, Cavan, 1850

What’s a girl to do, when her ‘best boy’ commences walking out with another? If she is sensible, she dismisses him post-haste for lack of taste and finds a ‘better’ boy. Sadly, not all women are sensible. Check out this … Continue reading

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Checking Out The Girls, 1976

A New Year, like a trip to Stephen’s Green for this Sonny-from-the-Godfather lookalike, 1976, is always full of possibility… Which girl do you think he was checking out?  I reckon the one in the red top and - possibly and rather … Continue reading

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How A Pretty Girl Could Make Herself Some Money, 1845

Are you a pretty woman, inclined to indolence, and with a yearning for financial security? Before the era of reality television shows, this breach of promise action from the Armagh Guardian, 26th August 1845.  Interesting that the jury did not … Continue reading

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Pineappling Away in Dublin, 1740

The pineapple, that most desirable of eighteenth-century fruits, the taste of which was not only savoured but the shape of which influenced the periwigs of the period, was first cultivated in Ireland by a gentleman called Daniel Bullen at his … Continue reading

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Siamese Twins in Roscommon, 1827

From the Kilkenny Independent, August 4th, 1827, musings on what appears to have been a pair of Siamese twins, born in Roscommon a few days previously:- “WONDERFUL PHENOMENON- The production of nature have occupied the mind of the learned and … Continue reading

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Wisp: A Girl of Dublin

This is a book, now available on archive.org, set in Dublin during the First World War.  It is about a family of American cousins from Fitzwilliam Square and a little girl called Kathleen Macgillicuddy (‘Wisp’ for short), from Jeffers Court, … Continue reading

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Nimphomaniacs

In the 1570s an Englishman called John Derricke came to Ireland, expecting to make his fortune (he did, later, through getting the right to receive customs duty from the port of Drogheda, but that’s another story).   What he found … Continue reading

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Deader Than The Male

Intrigued by this account from Giraldus Cambresius, of an Irish island that wouldn’t tolerate womenfolk:- “In the north of Munster there are two islands, one larger than the other. On the larger one is a church which has been held … Continue reading

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The Ship in the Sky

The Irish Times records quite a few sightings of unidentified flying objects over Ireland (including one by an Aer Lingus pilot, Gordon Pendleton, at the controls of a Viscount en route to Brussels in 1962) but very few, if any, … Continue reading

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The Giant Policeman of Grafton Street

In his wonderful ‘Dublin: a Portrait’, V.S. Pritchett writes about “that eternal, giant policeman who used to direct the traffic at the bottom of Grafton Steet and who had inspired one of James Stephens’ novels.  A lady jaywalker I know nipped … Continue reading

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